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Ghana: Invite the Unexpected

| Posted in: Global Mindset
Ghana: Invite the Unexpected

Successful global leaders are able to identify and respond effectively to new and unfamiliar circumstances. When doing business with people in a different location, rather than assuming that the business environment and solutions will be similar to one’s prior experience, it is essential to seek out critical differences—that is, to “invite the unexpected”—and to be […]

Aperian Global recently added Ghana to GlobeSmart, so we talked to our colleague Adwoa Osei about her January trip to Ghana, where she conducted key interviews for GlobeSmart research. Adwoa’s originally from Ghana herself, so we asked her if she was surprised by anything that came up during her interviews.   “This might sound morbid,” […]

Adopting an Asian Lens to Talent Development

| Posted in: Global Mindset
Adopting an Asian Lens to Talent Development

This month, Aperian Global presented a new study, “Adopting an Asian Lens to Talent Development,” with our partners at TAFEP and Community Business in Singapore. The study provides detailed case studies of some of the strategies employed by leading firms in Singapore and if you’d like to read it, it’s available online here: [PDF link] […]

Building Leadership Talent for Fast-Growth Markets

Many organizations face a similar dilemma: Their prospects for business growth are strongest in locations far from their headquarters, but they do not have sufficient local leadership talent to fully achieve this growth. They must groom people as quickly as possible for leadership roles that previously required twenty years or more of preparation. While there […]

Global Leadership Development: A Point of View

| Posted in: Global Leadership

Your organization is planning to bring together leaders from around the world for a global leadership development program. A group of standout executives has been selected, and they will be spending a significant amount of time together in person. How will you structure the program to make the best possible use of this investment in […]

Influencing Across Borders

| Posted in: Global Leadership

What’s different about leading in a global context? Recent research has identified “influence,”1 as a key skill of successful global leaders. Increasing numbers of people are working on global teams with matrix reporting relationships. The team leaders in this scenario are unlikely to accomplish much at all without superior influencing skills, particularly in situations where they […]

Baby Boomers: The Way Out

| Posted in: Diversity & Inclusion

The director of learning and development for a major US energy firm describes a key issue faced by her organization: “We are run by Baby Boomers who will retire soon. We will be run by Millennials in ten to fifteen years. Are we ready?” As companies look to emerging markets for future growth, it becomes […]

Reinventing Diversity

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Blog: Reinventing Diversity

Globalizing Diversity & Inclusion Successful leadership of a global team or organization is closely linked with one’s approach to inclusion and diversity. But assumptions about what diversity is and how to include people are often based upon a domestic workplace context that may or not be relevant in a more multicultural setting. For instance, what […]

Blog: Country-Specific Knowledge: Cultural Dimensions & Beyond

As companies analyze their prospects for current and future growth, they often determine that there are certain locations around the world that are as important or even more important than their traditional markets. If a country such as China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, or Mexico is critical to your company’s future, it is vital to […]

Developing Local and Global Leadership—At Once—in China, man on cell phone

In response to the unprecedented shift of global wealth from West to East, a large number of Western multinationals are globalizing their China operations and redistributing authority to reflect (and capitalize on) China’s economic leadership. Some companies, for example, have relocated APAC regional headquarters from Singapore or Hong Kong to Mainland China. Many other organizations […]